The European Commission (EC) is proposing a set of measures to increase the availability of and boost healthcare data sharing across the European Union (EU).
The EC has adopted a plan which allows citizens to access their health data and facilitates the use of larger health-related data sets through a shared European data infrastructure to prevent diseases, determine personalised medical treatment, and better anticipate epidemics.
The Commission says the approach will provide the basis for EU action in digital health over the coming years including supporting the exchange of electronic patient summaries and e-prescriptions, voluntary co-ordination in sharing data and resources for disease prevention and research, and the exchange of best practices for healthcare authorities.
Commenting on the proposals, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said: “Our proposals make use of the full potential of digital technologies to improve healthcare and medical research. This will lead to easier access to health data, which will lead to better disease prevention and patient-centred care, rapid responses to pandemic threats, and improved treatments.”